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The week that was – Sept. 22, 2014
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It’s easy to think that the only IT news worth knowing to start the week starts with the new iPhone 6, continues with Microsoft layoffs (probably carefully timed to coincide with the iPhone news so it would get drowned out of the news cycle) and finishes with the new iPhone again. That would be a misperception though. Sure, what Apple CEO Tim Cook gushed about his “better in every way” and “best iPhone yet” device which sold more than 4 million pre-orders in the first 24 hrs of availability – making a moderate splash. But other things did happen this week in IT Land. Microsoft to buy Minecr...
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CSA Survey Finds Discrepancy in IT Perception of Cloud Apps in Environments and Cloud App Vendors
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One of the most significant statistics drawn from the survey is 54 percent of IT and security professionals believe 10 or fewer cloud-based applications run in their organization, and 87 percent indicated 50 or less—with a weighted average of 23—ran in their organization’s cloud. In contrast, common vendor and research reports count an average of 500 cloud apps present per enterprise. "We found these results particularly interesting and at the same time concerning," said Jim Reavis, CEO of the CSA. "It's hard to control what you can't see. If you are only seeing one tenth of your actual ...
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Dell PartnerDirect Program Boosts Registrations and Revenue
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  Dell has shown significant growth in software offerings and revenue through its PartnerDirect partner program. Channel partners and Dell Software have embraced the opportunity, securing partners associated rebates with the sale of Dell products and substantial deal registration and revenue growth—with deal registration up 61 percent and revenue growth up 15 percent year over year—for Dell.
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Autotask Introduces New Smart IT Guide: 5 Steps to Pricing Managed Services
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  Evolving from an hourly-fee based break/fix (B/F) service model to one that includes a managed services (MS) recurring-revenue model provides benefits to both IT Service Providers (ITSPs) and their clients. Read the rest of this article at: http://www.autotask.com/about-us/press-room/details/2014/09/02/autotask-introduces-new-smart-it-guide-5-steps-to-pricing-managed-services  
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snom Announces New Mobile DECT Business Phone Lineup and Base Station
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snom technology AG  today introduced its new lineup of IP-based cordless DECT products, expected to improve coverage, reliability and features. The snom M65 IP DECT phone and M700 multi-cell base station will be released in October, and the M5 DECT repeater will be released later this year. “Our M65 DECT phone and M700 base station represents a new generation of feature-rich mobility for business users,” said Tom Ostrander, Director of North American Channel Sales. “These new products offer expanded range, and more features and flexibility for administrators to easily increase the num...
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Microsoft cuts 2,100 more jobs in phase two of its layoff plan
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  Microsoft pulled the trigger on another 2,100 employees today, executing the second wave of its record layoff plan that will eventually cut 18,000 positions – 14 percent of its global workforce. The first 13,000 cuts happened in July when the software giant first announced the plan. Today’s cuts, 747 of which strike the Seattle area, are being made across all roles and teams as CEO Satya Nadella attempts to simplify engineering operations and management processes, as detailed in a July memoto staff. In the memo he said the goal was to have “fewer layers of management, both top down an...
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Envoy Data Resellers to Offer DataMotion Email Encryption Solutions
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  DataMotion , an email encryption provider, and Envoy Data Corporation, an IT security solutions specialty distributor, agreed to a partnership that will strengthen Envoy Data’s product portfolio and help its North American resellers sell to a mid-sized enterprise market.
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Truck Stop “Stops” Offering Faxing Services…
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  On the surface, this isn’t news. But dig a layer deeper and there is a story about “innovate or perish” here. On my recent trip to the D&H Distributing Canada show in Toronto, I drove by, made a U-turn and took the following photo. The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words applies here. You are looking at a shuddered truck that niched on offering faxing and other services to long-haul truckers. I’d offer it’s a sort about technology relevancy.
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World Champion: Harrybbb's Niece, Christa, Takes the Win
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  Over the years, readers have followed the challenges and successes of my niece, Christa Brelsford. Today, I am happy that I can report success, and there is a lesson learned for all of us in the SMB IT Pro community experiencing “disruption” in our profession. Stick with me and think about this the next time you complain that “they took away Small Business Server.” Pic 1. Christa Brelsford won gold at the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championship - Gijon (ESP) 2014 this past weekend.
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Arbor Networks Peakflow Mobile Network Analysis Gets Gold at Golden Bridge Awards
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Arbor’s Peakflow Mobile Network Analysis, which took Gold for Mobile Network Security, is designed to ensure that malicious or unwanted traffic is detected before it affects service performance and availability. It is an integrated extension of Peakflow, providing network operators unified visibility and management. “Arbor grew up working with the world’s largest, most demanding and complex network operators, the Tier 1 ISP. We understand distributed networks and have deep experience building highly scalable solutions that meet the needs of the largest operators. With Peakflow Mobile Netwo...
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